Dr. Israel received his medical degree and completed his internship at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore, Maryland. After completing his residency at New York Hospital/Cornell Medical College in New York City, he obtained clinical and research fellowships in both Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine and Allergy and Immunology from Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School in Boston. He was honored with the Daniel D. Federman Outstanding Clinical Educator Award by Harvard Medical School.
Dr. Israel’s major research interests include mediators of airway reactivity, biomarkers of asthma, therapeutic interventions to improve asthma outcomes, pharmacogenomics, and approaches to understanding and minimizing disparities in asthma morbidity. He has several grants from the National Institutes of Health to study asthma, severe asthma, and leads one of 8 sites throughout the country supported by the NIH to conduct research into better asthma treatments. He is interested in disparities in asthma outcomes among minority and disadvantaged populations. He has conducted, and is conducting, studies in African Americans with asthma. These studies have involved investigating genetic determinants of differentiated responses to medications and the effectiveness of individualized therapeutic approaches in this population. He was named one of Boston’s best in Pulmonary Medicine by Boston Magazine. He has authored or coauthored more than 125 articles, reviews, and abstracts in such journals as the New England Journal of Medicine, JAMA, American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine, Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, and The Lancet.